THE region is gearing up for the biggest Softball Victorian Masters Championships in 10 years, with 650 competitors, their family and friends and the sport’s officials converging on Mooroopna Recreation Reserve on June 6, 7 and 8.
Now in its 19th year, the championships will see 14 mens teams and 32 womens teams take to the pitch in a bid to take the title of champions, with the record number of participants helping to bring an economic boost to the region over the three big days.
Of the teams competing, the A-Grade Mens team, the Giants and A-Grade Womens team, the Amigos are back from last year’s event to defend titles in A-Grade.
President Softball Victoria, Jenny Holliday said, “Masters softball is an incredibly successful event. It brings together past team mates to re-live memories of ‘back in the day’ and importantly, creates new memories and for those who are not playing regularly, reminds us of why we dedicated so much of our lives to the game.
“Softball is incredibly popular at a masters level. We are consistently the largest participant base at Australian Master Games (AMG in October 2015 in South Australia).
“The championships move around regionally every year. It’s a great opportunity for teams to get away for the weekend and socialise, and an opportunity for us to showcase the sport in regional Victoria. Shepparton last hosted us in 2012 and we’re delighted to be back in 2015.”
Games commence at 8:30am on Saturday and are played all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday with grand finals for all divisions starting at 2:15pm on Monday. Entry to Mooroopna Recreation Reserve, McLennan Street, Mooroopna is free.